- At 17 she was accepted (early admission) to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied art.
- Was signed to the Def Jam record label when she was 19, but was dropped soon after.
- Rap star Akon signed her to his label with Interscope records, and by the time she was 20 she had a record deal.
- Has written songs for Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls, New Kids on the Block and Fergie.
- She took her stage name from Queen's song "Radio Ga Ga."
- Her debut single, "Just Dance," was released in 2008, followed by her full-length debut album, The Fame, in August of that year. It earned critical acclaim and sold more than a million copies.
- Many of her eye-catching outfits are manufactured by stylists and set designers known as the Haus of Gaga.
- Recorded an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett, called Cheek to Cheek, in 2014.
- Founded the Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on the wellness of young people.